Boys Varsity Basketball · Stars get first win by topping Mounties

DOVER – It took three quarters for Western Boone head coach Josh Burkett to find the right lineup Friday night.

But when he did it spelled the end for the Southmont Mounties, and Western Boone got its first win of the year 55-50.

For three quarter the Mounties (1-6, 1-2) appeared to be the better of the two teams, but the Mounties had no answer to the fourth-quarter press and were outscored 20-9 to fall to the Stars in the Sagamore Athletic showdown.

“It just took us a while to figure the right combination,” Burkett, who won his first game as a Stars’ head coach, said. “We were down six at the end of the third quarter and won by five. That’s a heck of an effort and against pretty talented Southmont team. I am very proud of our effort.”

Southmont shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half (12 of 20) and led 30-25 at the break. They added one point to that lead in the third quarter and led 41-35 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Then the wheels fell off as the Stars turned up the pressure.

Southmont turned the ball over 10 times in the final eight minutes including seven of the first eight possessions of the quarter. That opened the door and the Stars took advantage.

In the fourth quarter, senior Coretz Stoudemire took over. He managed to score nine of his team-high 14 points in the fourth period and it was his basketball off a steal with 2:12 to play that put the Stars on top for good.

“I told the kids that I thought for three quarters we were the better team,” Southmont coach Jake Turner said. “In the fourth quarter they sped us up and we got a little out of control, we weren’t making the right decisions, we turned the ball over and we let them shoot free throws. Those were all bad things. We have to hope to learn from this.”

Stoudemire led Western Boone with 14, then came Spencer Wright with 11.

Both teams are back in action tonight as Southmont entertains North Vermillion and the Stars battle Fountain Central.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.